Responsible democracy key to development - Sheikh Salman
Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said Monday that responsible and enlightened democracy is an effective means of development of nations. "It's important to promote public awareness about the correct democratic practices and the need to maintain security and stability as a way to attain multi-faceted development including the political, economic and social aspects," he said.
Sheikh Salman made the comments tonight during his meeting with foreign press people who arrived here to cover the opening of the fourth legislative term of the National Assembly. "The Arab world is undergoing challenging conditions and mixed experiences; some of these experiences were constructive and others went in the wrong direction," the minister said.
"The people of some Arab countries were seduced into believing in too idealistic slogans and far-fetched ideas that can hardly reflect reality; they are now unable to deal with reality as they are faced with fear for freedom versus fear for life and safety," Sheikh Salman argued. "To the contrary, the Kuwaiti democratic experiment was the result and expression of realty, not imported from abroad; it has a unique feature derived from the intimate ruler-ruled relationship," he pointed out.
He added that the Kuwaiti democratic experiment was able to overcome the numerous challenges through successful cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities, thus laying the groundwork for development and national action.